Posts by James Littlewood*

  • Speaker: What I learned in Class: Should…,

    Bunch of folks chilling at Hardware cafe, Titirangi. V8 Torana cruises past, throbbing, yellow, shiny as hell. Fat chick in a black wife-beater and not much else hangs out the passenger window. Full bull roar: "You're all a pack of fuckin cunts!" Vroom, schreech, gone.

    Good times!

    Auckland • Since Mar 2008 • 252 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Political palatability and…,

    As you say RB,

    this is fucking nuts

    Am I right in thinking that charter schools are not beholden to national standards? If so, has anyone found a plausible rationale?"

    Auckland • Since Mar 2008 • 252 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: What I learned in Class: Should…, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    conservative ≠ “pathologically racist, misogynistic, homophobic and thick as a bucket of pig shit left out in the sun” any more than bogan does.

    Oh, right. Well put. I don't think I was suggesting that. Rather, the opposite. Although you raise an interesting question. What _do_ you call those people?

    Auckland • Since Mar 2008 • 252 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: What I learned in Class: Should…,

    I'm not a bogun. But I live in west Auckland, and I know what it is to have a front yard full of former cars. And I see in the streets of Glen Eden and Henderson and Kelston and Helensville a fair bit of what Dave's talking about here.

    It's called "conservatism". And, while RB is right to point out in these pages that Henderson Man does better on a trade certificate than many do on a university degree, many don't.

    Therefore: "conservative proletariat." If votes are emotive, it's the "conservative" part that wins the vote. Fuck proletariat.

    Key gets it, by playing out a conservative persona, masking whatever political agenda he's being grilled about. Hence "most kiwis are more interested in the snapper quota". Classic bogun.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2008 • 252 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: A week on from the housing controversy,

    The sad thing for me is that up until now Phil's been kind of awesome in the way he's fronted to the media on housing.

    This protracted debate is kind of like taking the ball out of the net after an own-goal, and repeatedly kicking it back in, watching the opponent's score go up ding-ding-ding by the second.

    Still, even form my perspective as someone who hasn't given my party vote to Labour since the previous century, I'm really not loving it.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2008 • 252 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Living under bridges,

    Hey! Maybe the naysayers are planning a gas attack to prove their point!

    Auckland • Since Mar 2008 • 252 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Living under bridges,

    Steve, that video is strange for a host of reasons. Yes, the production is low as, and I don't know whether to praise her for doing it anyway or write her off for using the medium when she clearly lacks the resources. Least she's getting some milage on this forum!

    She seems preoccupied with the prospect of a spontaneous surge of bodies gushing forth towards the gateways, which does seem rather farfetched. Bomb attack? Gas attack like in Tokyo all those years ago?

    But, at a more practical level, I can't see that a lane divider would be very onerous: even something like one of those yellow, bumpy blind guides would be both effective and crossable if necessary. But not at high speeds on skinny tires. Unless you were in the middle of a crash, when you'd want to cross it without too much extra bashing.

    And maybe something less bike-crossable for peds. If the sections are prefabricated it could be incorporated into the mould.

    Or does the whole usage concept break down if you start carving up the 4m?

    Auckland • Since Mar 2008 • 252 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Living under bridges,

    Hopefully,

    all its monstrous non-negotiability

    will enter the national lexicon, where it clearly belongs.

    Meanwhile, has anyone ever actually driven their car off the edge of the bridge?

    Remember when they put the movable median strip in place? 'Cause there were like 2 lanes of oncoming traffic at about oooh 1m separation, each travelling at 80kph without separation.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2008 • 252 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Living under bridges,

    That takes "biking around the harbour" literally, in a rather impressive kinda way.

    Sooo, does the Greenhite bridge require bikes to use the footpath?

    Auckland • Since Mar 2008 • 252 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Living under bridges,

    Jolisa, as always, that is just awesome. Those letters!

    Auckland • Since Mar 2008 • 252 posts Report Reply

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